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Title: Say Something
Pairing: Hannibal Lecter/Will Graham
Prompt: 24, Silence
Author's Note: Sequel to "An Offer He Can't Refuse."
Disclaimer: This is entirely a product of my own imagination, and I make no profit from it. I do not own the lovely Hannibal Lecter or Will Graham, unfortunately, just borrowing them for a while. Please do not sue.
***Will squirmed uncomfortably in the silence of the room; he hadn't expected Hannibal to simply sit there after he'd told him of the plan he had to capture the killer, without saying a word. This silence unnerved him, almost frightened him.
It was as though Hannibal was considering everything he had said, weighing it in his mind, thinking it all over carefully. And coming to his own conclusions.
He would probably think that Will was crazy, that he was being reckless and foolhardy to put himself at such risk. That was exactly what Jack had said -- and Jack had put his foot down. He wasn't going to let Will do something he considered so foolish.
But it would be even worse if Hannibal thought the same.
He wanted his lover to say something, anything, even if it was negative. Any words from Hannibal would open up a dialogue, and he could argue his case. But there was nothing from Hannibal but silence; Will felt more uncomfortable by the second.
What if Hannibal thought that this plan was far too dangerous? What if he decided to tell Jack that Will was becoming a danger not only to himself, but to others as well? He could very well do that; Will could be pulled off this case without further notice.
Hannibal wasn't technically his psychiatrist; he only saw Will as a patient to do him a favor, to try to keep him focused and on the right track. There were times when he felt that his sessions with Hannibal were the only thing that kept him from going off the rails.
But at times like this, when Hannibal was completely silent and he had no idea what the other man was thinking, he was almost afraid. He was terrified of what Hannibal might think of him, in his professional capacity as an FBI agent as well as in the personal sense.
All he wanted was for Hannibal to say something, to break the silence.
When he finally did, the words were what Will had expected to hear. "This isn't a good idea, Will," he said, his tone very soft. "Baiting a trap is one thing. But baiting it with yourself? That is foolish. You could very well end up getting yourself killed."
"I know that." Will shook his head impatiently, glad that the silence had finally been breached and he could speak again. "But this job doesn't come without some risks."
"I won't allow you to risk yourself for your job, Will." Hannibal's frown darkened his face; he leaned towards Will, his gaze focused on the young man. "I would not be able to bear it if anything happened to you. And I believe that I have some say in this matter."
Will nodded, silently agreeing.
He waited for Hannibal to speak again, wondering what he would say.
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